MADISON, Wis. –
A Madison man has won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer on his head in his driver’s license photo, according to a report from WTMJ-TV.
The station reports that the Department of Transportation has instructed all DMV offices to recognize colanders as religious headwear after receiving a letter from the man’s lawyer.
Attorney, Derek Allen told WTMJ that his client is a Pastafarian and was denied his religious right as a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which was first established in 2005.
The religion denies it is satirical or intended to be humorous, but says it is based in science.
It describes heaven as a place with a “beer volcano” and a “stripper factory.” It attributes the invention of the lawn sprinkler to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Anyone can become ordained for a $25 fee.
Pastafarians in other states, including Utah, Texas, and Massachusetts, have been allowed to wear colanders in their ID photos.